The long weekend passed by in its customary blur but the sunshine completely made it and meant we spent much of it outside.
After pottering in the garden on Saturday, we ventured out on Sunday to celebrate my Mum’s birthday; a wander around Petworth House and Park was followed by a delicious late lunch at The Horse Guards Inn. This is fast becoming my favourite pub; cosy in the colder months and just glorious in the summer. They do a mean roast and the strawberry pavlova that I had for dessert was quite the vision of loveliness. It didn’t stay that way for long though…
After lunch we had a little look around the pub’s beautiful garden which is wonderfully whimsical and relaxed with its vintage daybeds and rustic adornments. I can imagine whiling away an afternoon here ably assisted by a jug of Pimm’s or perhaps some ice cold cider. Roll on the next sunny weekend.
On Monday we spent the day in the garden; the kids were busy fashioning booby traps and an elastic band-powered crossbow made from offcuts of wood (weapon of choice: twigs from the hedge), whilst us adults did boring-but-necessary weeding and mowing.
Inspired by the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ (which we are going to work our way through) the day was rounded off by cooking the kids’ tea on a campfire that they built with some help from my Dad. We cooked sausages and jacket potatoes and they ate them on the grass as the sun disappeared behind the hills.